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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782996/reducing-waste-in-evaluation-studies-on-fall-risk-assessment-tools-for-older-people
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Gabriele Meyer, Ralph Möhler, Sascha Köpke
OBJECTIVE: To critically appraise the recognition of methodological challenges in evaluation studies on assessment tools and nurses' clinical judgement on fall risk in older people and suggest how to reduce respective research waste. STUDY DESIGN: Opinion paper and narrative review covering systematic reviews on studies assessing diagnostic accuracy and impact of assessment tools and/or nurses' clinical judgement. RESULTS: Eighteen reviews published in the last 15 years were analysed...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780807/a-critical-review-of-the-bacterial-baptism-hypothesis-and-the-impact-of-cesarean-delivery-on-the-infant-microbiome
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Lisa F Stinson, Matthew S Payne, Jeffrey A Keelan
Numerous studies suggest that infants delivered by cesarean section are at a greater risk of non-communicable diseases than their vaginal counterparts. In particular, epidemiological studies have linked Cesarean delivery with increased rates of asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders, and obesity. Mode of delivery has also been associated with differences in the infant microbiome. It has been suggested that these differences are attributable to the "bacterial baptism" of vaginal birth, which is bypassed in cesarean deliveries, and that the abnormal establishment of the early-life microbiome is the mediator of later-life adverse outcomes observed in cesarean delivered infants...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778635/a-critical-appraisal-of-11-th-century-treatise-by-ibn-sina-avicenna-on-the-anatomy-of-the-vascular-system-comparison-with-modern-anatomic-descriptions
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P Mazengenya, R Bhikha
Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna in the West) was the most famous physician and medical scientist of the medieval era. His book, the Canon of Medicine comprised a vast collection of medical information ranging from basic medical sciences to specialised medical fields. Herein, we present an analysis of the cardiovascular system, particularly giving an in-depth comparison of the structural and functional anatomy of the arteries and veins of the body as described by Avicenna in the Canon of Medicine and comparing them to modern extant anatomical literature...
May 16, 2018: Morphologie: Bulletin de L'Association des Anatomistes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777965/what-do-we-know-about-sibling-attended-birth-an-integrative-literature-review
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Nora L Naber, Suzanne Miller, Sally A Baddock
OBJECTIVE: to consolidate existing research in the field of sibling attended birth (SAB) into a body of knowledge to inform decision-making processes and guide midwifery practice throughout the sibling attended birth experience. DESIGN: An integrative literature review. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL Complete, Cochrane Library, PubMed, Index New Zealand, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, grey literature databases REVIEW METHODS: An extensive search of five electronic databases as well as 17 grey literature databases was conducted...
May 8, 2018: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777625/is-methotrexate-an-effective-and-safe-treatment-for-maintaining-hair-regrowth-in-people-with-alopecia-totalis-a-critically-appraised-topic
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R Browne, L Stewart, H C Williams
AIM: To assess the effects of methotrexate for maintaining hair regrowth in alopecia totalis. METHODS: We critically appraised the literature identified from searching PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid Embase and Cochrane Central (October 2017), using the search terms ("alopecia areata" OR "alopecia totalis" OR "alopecia universalis") AND (methotrexate). RESULTS: Two prospective studies and 11 retrospective case series were included comprising 226 patients with alopecia varying from 30% hair loss to alopecia universalis at baseline...
May 19, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777206/the-fair-guiding-principles-for-data-stewardship-fair-enough
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Martin Boeckhout, Gerhard A Zielhuis, Annelien L Bredenoord
The FAIR guiding principles for research data stewardship (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) look set to become a cornerstone of research in the life sciences. A critical appraisal of these principles in light of ongoing discussions and developments about data sharing is in order. The FAIR principles point the way forward for facilitating data sharing more systematically-provided that a number of ethical, methodological, and organisational challenges are addressed as well.
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772338/hyaluronic-acid-an-efficient-biomacromolecule-for-treatment-of-inflammatory-skin-and-joint-diseases-a-review-of-recent-developments-and-critical-appraisal-of-preclinical-and-clinical-investigations
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Li Hui Chen, Jian Feng Xue, Zhi Yong Zheng, Muhammad Shuhaidi, Hnin Ei Thu, Zahid Hussain
Hyaluronic acid (HA) plays multifaceted role in regulating various biological processes and maintaining homeostasis into the body. Numerous researches evidenced the biomedical implications of HA in skin repairmen, cancer prognosis, wound healing, tissue regeneration, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulation. The present review was aimed to summarize and critically appraise the recent developments and efficacy of HA for treatment of inflammatory skin and joint diseases. A thorough analysis of the literature revealed that HA based formulations (i...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771367/effectiveness-of-and-user-experience-with-web-based-interventions-in-increasing-physical-activity-levels-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review
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Rachel Dennett, Hilary Gunn, Jennifer A Freeman
Background: Supporting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to achieve and maintain recommended levels of physical activity is important but challenging. Web-based interventions are increasingly being used to deliver targeted exercise programs and promote physical activity. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to systematically review current evidence regarding the effectiveness and user experience of web-based interventions in increasing physical activity in people with MS...
May 15, 2018: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771251/-ebm-guidelines-protocols-knowledge-attitudes-and-utilization-in-the-era-of-law-on-professional-responsibility-and-safety-of-health-care
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Silvia Minozzi, Francesca Ruggiero, Matteo Capobussi, Marien González-Lorenzo, Micaela La Regina, Alessandro Squizzato, Lorenzo Moja, Francesco Orlandini
INTRODUCTION: <AbstractText Label="INTRODUCTION" NlmCategory="BACKGROUND">The knowledge of principles and methods of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines to inform clinical decisions are recognised as key instruments to improve the quality of care. In Italy the Parliament has revised the legal system that rules the responsibilities of health professionals and health care safety, prescribing health professionals to adhere to guidelines and good practice recommendations...
May 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770243/mobile-technology-in-undergraduate-nursing-education-a-systematic-review
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Hyejung Lee, Haeyoung Min, Su-Mi Oh, Kaka Shim
Objectives: This study aimed to identify and systematically review the literature on the use of mobile technology in nursing education. The research findings could evidence the effectiveness of mobile technology in undergraduate nursing students' learning outcomes. Methods: Computerized searches were conducted using the Ovid-MEDLINE, Ovid-EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and CINAHL databases for relevant primary studies and limited to those between 2000 and February 2018...
April 2018: Healthcare Informatics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770086/critical-appraisal-toolkit-cat-for-assessing-multiple-types-of-evidence
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D Moralejo, T Ogunremi, K Dunn
Healthcare professionals are often expected to critically appraise research evidence in order to make recommendations for practice and policy development. Here we describe the Critical Appraisal Toolkit (CAT) currently used by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The CAT consists of: algorithms to identify the type of study design, three separate tools (for appraisal of analytic studies, descriptive studies and literature reviews), additional tools to support the appraisal process, and guidance for summarizing evidence and drawing conclusions about a body of evidence...
September 7, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769644/translational-models-of-prostate-cancer-bone-metastasis
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REVIEW
Richard B Berish, Aymon N Ali, Patrick G Telmer, John A Ronald, Hon S Leong
Metastatic disease is the principal cause of prostate-cancer-related mortality. Our ability to accurately recapitulate the spread of prostate cancer to bone - the most common site of metastasis - is critical to the development of novel metastasis-directed therapies. Several translational models of prostate cancer bone metastasis have been developed, including animal models, cell line injection models, 3D in vitro models, bone implant models, and patient-derived xenograft models. The use of these models has led to numerous advances in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of metastasis and innovations in targeted therapy...
May 16, 2018: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768731/cochlear-implant-performance-in-children-deafened-by-congenital-cytomegalovirus-a-systematic-review
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V J C Kraaijenga, F Van Houwelingen, S F Van der Horst, J Visscher, J M L Huisman, E J Hollman, I Stegeman, A L Smit
BACKGROUND: Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection is a major cause of sensorineural hearing loss in children. OBJECTIVE OF REVIEW: The objective of this systematic review was to compare performance in pediatric cochlear implant users with SNHL caused by cCMV compared to non-cCMV implantees. TYPE OF REVIEW: Systematic review. SEARCH STRATEGY: Pubmed, EMBASE and the Cochrane databases were searched from inception up to May 15th 2017 for children, cochlear implant, performance and their synonyms...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768610/factors-associated-with-the-utilization-of-dental-health-services-by-the-pediatric-population-an-integrative-review
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Davi Silva Carvalho Curi, Andreia Cristina Leal Figueiredo, Silvia Regina Jamelli
This integrative literature review aimed to analyze studies about factors associated with the utilization of dental health services by the pediatric population between zero and 15 years old, published between 2006 and 2016 and available in Portuguese, English or Spanish. A survey of articles in the Lilacs and Medline databases was carried out, using the search strategy: ("dental care/utilization" OR "dental health services/utilization") AND ("child" OR "child, preschool") AND NOT adult...
May 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767795/quality-measurement-in-physician-staffed-emergency-medical-services-a-systematic-literature-review
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Helge Haugland, Oddvar Uleberg, Pål Klepstad, Andreas Krüger, Marius Rehn
Purpose: Quality measurement of physician-staffed emergency medical services (P-EMS) is necessary to improve service quality. Knowledge and consensus on this topic are scarce, making quality measurement of P-EMS a high-priority research area. The aim of this review was to identify, describe and evaluate studies of quality measurement in P-EMS. Data sources: The databases of MEDLINE and Embase were searched initially, followed by a search for included article citations in Scopus...
May 15, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767196/strategies-for-directing-cells-into-building-functional-hearts-and-parts
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Mahboubeh Jafarkhani, Zeinab Salehi, Reza Kowsari-Esfahan, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, M Rezaa Mohammadi, Jayakumar Rajadas, Masoud Mozafari
The increasing population of patients with heart disease and the limited availability of organs for transplantation have encouraged multiple strategies to fabricate healthy implantable cardiac tissues. One of the main challenges in cardiac tissue engineering is to direct cell behaviors to form functional three-dimensional (3D) biomimetic constructs. This article provides a brief review on various cell sources used in cardiac tissue engineering and highlights the effect of scaffold-based signals such as topographical and biochemical cues and stiffness...
May 16, 2018: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766492/nivolumab-versus-ipilimumab-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-melanoma-a-critical-appraisal
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M T Wan, M E Ming
AIM: To show whether either nivolumab in combination with ipilimumab or nivolumab monotherapy vs. ipilimumab monotherapy extends overall survival (OS) or progression-free survival (PFS) in adults with previously untreated, advanced melanoma. SETTING AND DESIGN: The trial was conducted at 137 sites in 21 countries. Randomization (n = 945; 1 : 1 : 1 ratio) was stratified according to metastasis stage, BRAF mutation status and programmed death ligand 1 status. STUDY EXPOSURE: Adults were randomized to one of the following: nivolumab plus ipilimumab every 3 weeks for four doses, followed by nivolumab every 2 weeks; nivolumab every 2 weeks plus placebo; or ipilimumab every 3 weeks for four doses plus placebo...
May 15, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764406/women-s-experiences-of-continuous-support-during-childbirth-a-meta-synthesis
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Petronellah Lunda, Catharina Susanna Minnie, Petronella Benadé
BACKGROUND: Despite the known benefits of continuous support during childbirth, the practice is still not routinely implemented in all maternity settings and women's views and experiences might not be considered. The purpose of the study was to integrate individual studies' findings related to women's experiences of continuous support during childbirth in order to expand the understanding of the phenomenon. The review question was: What were the views and experiences of women regarding continuous support during childbirth as reported in studies that adopted qualitative or mixed research methods (with a qualitative component) using semi-structured, in-depth or focus group interviews or case studies? METHODS: A detailed search was executed on electronic data bases: EBSCOhost: Medline, CINAHL, PsychINFO, SocINDEX, OAlster, Scopus, SciELO, Science Direct, PubMED and Google Scholar, using a predetermined search strategy...
May 15, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764368/airborne-geographical-dispersal-of-q-fever-from-livestock-holdings-to-human-communities-a-systematic-review-and-critical-appraisal-of-evidence
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Nicholas J Clark, Ricardo J Soares Magalhães
BACKGROUND: Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii. This bacterium survives harsh conditions and attaches to dust, suggesting environmental dispersal is a risk factor for outbreaks. Spatial epidemiology studies collating evidence on Q fever geographical contamination gradients are needed, as human cases without occupational exposure are increasing worldwide. METHODS: We used a systematic literature search to assess the role of distance from ruminant holdings as a risk factor for human Q fever outbreaks...
May 15, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762315/effectiveness-of-psychosocial-interventions-on-the-psychological-health-and-emotional-well-being-of-family-carers-of-people-with-dementia-following-residential-care-placement-a-systematic-review
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Deborah Brooks, Elaine Fielding, Elizabeth Beattie, Helen Edwards, Sonia Hines
OBJECTIVE: To identify, appraise and synthesize existing evidence regarding the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions on the psychological health and emotional well-being of family carers of people with dementia who have moved into residential care. INTRODUCTION: Many carers experience stress, guilt, grief and depression following placement of a relative with dementia into residential care. Psychosocial interventions to support family carers may help to improve psychological health and emotional well-being; however, evidence for such interventions delivered to family carers following placement has yet to be appraised and synthesized...
May 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
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